Vegetarian

Super Easy Black Bean Taco Recipe

It’s the 3rd week in a row that the hubby and I are exploring a mainly vegetarian diet and it has been amazing. We have not gone completely vegetarian as we sometimes have fish or chicken once a week. Eating meatless meals regularly has not only improved our well being, it has also increased our creativity in the kitchen.

Black Bean Taco

This was one of those unplanned recipes which I made for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. I looked in the fridge and we had some leftover cut peppers and cucumbers from our weekly meal prep. I also spotted some flour tortillas in the back of the fridge and thought, why not make some tacos with these ingredients. Everything was ready except the beans which are easy and quick to cook.

Black Bean Taco
Black Bean Tacos

I used canned black beans because of their convenience and easiness to prepare. All I did was rinse the beans under cold running water, saute some yellow onions in olive oil and curry powder, then add the beans to the curried onions. The beans are then placed over a bed of arugula and peppers on a warm tortilla. A nice drizzle of bacon cheddar ranch dressing on top brings these tacos from blah to wow!

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Super Easy Black Bean Taco Recipe
Black Bean Tacos
Course Main Dish, Snack
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Rinsed Black Beans rinsed
  • 1/2 Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 1 sliced mini bell peppers
  • 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  • 1 Green onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Hidden Valley Bacon Cheddar Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Course Main Dish, Snack
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 can Rinsed Black Beans rinsed
  • 1/2 Chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
  • 1 sliced mini bell peppers
  • 2 cups Fresh Arugula
  • 1 Green onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 Hidden Valley Bacon Cheddar Dressing
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
Black Bean Tacos
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan, add olive oil and sauté onions and curry powder. Once onions have softened add rinsed and drained black beans and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Top warmed tortillas with arugula, peppers, green onion, beans and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

In My Pantry: Boca Veggie Burgers

About 9 years ago when I moved to Massachusetts, I rented a room from a lovely Irish woman who showed me around Boston and taught me a few things. One thing I remember about her is that she used to buy Boca burger patties and they always looked so good when she made them. Granted they are not very expensive at less than $4 a box, at that time I could only afford a ramen noodle diet and 4 bucks was a lot. I remember telling myself I would try them one day.

IN MY PANTRY: BOCA VEGGIE BURGERS

Fast forward to 2018 where I have a decent life were I can afford to live on more than ramen noodles, Boca burger patties have become a regular on my menu. I am far from a vegetarian but I try to eat 2 meatless meals a week some of which include Boca products.

Boca veggie patties are plant-based and made from soy protein and wheat gluten. With 13 grams of protein per serving and 90% less fat than a ground beef hamburger, they are a great choice for those who are trying to lower their fat consumption and lower their cholesterol intake. I especially love how they taste extremely good, you seriously will not miss meat when you have these.

BOCA VEGGIE BURGERSSo what is the best way to eat a Boca veggie burger? I say, in a delicious naan bread sandwich. Here is how I do it. I lightly toast some garlic naan bread, top it with lettuce and arugula mixed with a herb vinaigrette, then place the cooked Boca Original Turk’y Veggie Burger patties topped with a simple tomato, onion and cucumber salsa. To eat I fold the naan bread into a sandwich and boy is it a bite of heaven.

Other ways to eat a Boca Veggie Burger:

  • In a traditional style burger: Make a delicious burger with a veggie patty, sriracha mayo, onions and tomato.
  • In a tortilla wrap: Add to flour tortilla wrap with shredded lettuce, onion, tomato with spicy mayo.
  • Make a vegan version of chicken parmesan with the Boca patty in place of the chicken.

Have you tried the Boca original vegan veggie patties? How do you like to eat yours? What it your favorite meatless meal? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below!

To check out what else is in my pantry read my post on the Precooked and prepackaged round-up.

Broccoli Apple Salad with yogurt dressing


Our low carb diet is still going strong and I am pretty surprised how we have been sticking to it. I think part of it is because we are not totally excluding carbs from our meals but are having them in moderation. When we do decide to eat carbs we opt for the good kind from brown rice, quinoa etc. This delicious broccoli apple salad with yogurt dressing has become part of our meal rotation. The yogurt dressing came about because I did not have mayonnaise and had to get creative.

Broccoli Apple Salad with yogurt dressing

Broccoli Apple Salad with yogurt dressing

Broccoli Apple Salad with Yogurt Dressing: Nutritional Benefits

A Broccoli Apple salad is not only delicious, this tasty side dish is also low in calories which means you can enjoy every bite knowing its great for your waist. Your immune, digestion and bowel system will also benefit greatly from a dish like this.

  • Broccoli is considered a super veggie because of its nutritional density. Broccoli being the super veggie is packed with vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Fiber and lots more
  • In addition to being vitamin and fiber dense fruits, apples are rich in in phytonutrients and antioxidants.
  • Onions and garlic have healing properties and help with reducing inflammation.

Make sure not to overcook the water soluble vitamins in the broccoli and remember to cut the apple right before serving to prevent oxidation. I recomend having this salad with a protein like grilled chicken or fish to make it a complete and nutritious light dinner. You don’t want to go heavy with your meals if like me you eat late after 7pm. This is because the your system is slow at that time. For those who are lactose intolerant be sure to check out my easy broccoli and tomato salad recipe with no dairy.

Nutritional Information provided by my lovely sister Valerie Vazhure who completed a double major in Food science and human nutrition at the University of Newcastle Australia. 

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Broccoli Apple Salad with Yogurt dressing

Broccoli apple salad with Yogurt dressing

Course Side dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 1 small head steamed broccoli
  • 2 medium apples
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped

Yogurt Dressing
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 medium lemon juiced
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Course Side dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 1 small head steamed broccoli
  • 2 medium apples
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped

Yogurt Dressing
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 medium lemon juiced
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Broccoli apple salad with Yogurt dressing


Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing and set aside in the refrigerator.

  2. Steam broccoli for 3 minutes in a steamer of flash boil for 1 minute in salted water.

  3. Place vegetables in a large bowl and combine with dressing. Serve immediately.

The Best Eggplant Recipe Around

The best eggplant recipe…I know its a pretty bold statement to make but I truly believe it and those who have tried it loved it. Eggplant is one of those foods that you either like or hate however this recipe can change a eggplant hater into a fan. Topped with feta, herbs and cherry tomatoes this dish is the perfect blend of simplicity and great flavor.

The best eggplant recipe

6 Tips to making the best eggplant recipe

When cooking eggplant its important to choose the right eggplant as this is the key to a tasty eggplant dish. I did some research online and used my personal experience to come up with some tips on how to choose the best eggplant and cook it well.

  1. Smooth and plump skin: The skin should be very smooth, plump and shiny with no wrinkles or blemishes. The is the best visible indication of a good eggplant. A dull and wrinkly eggplant is usually a sign that the eggplant has been around for too long.
  2. The smaller the better: Often you see large eggplants is stores and you think if its big it must be better but this is not the case with eggplant. Larger eggplants tend to be bitter and less tender which is not what you want.
  3. Leave the skin on when roasting or grilling: This is important if you want to keep the eggplant slices intact.
  4. Thoroughly dry and brush the eggplant with olive oil:When grilling the eggplant make sure it is dry and brushed with olive oil to prevent it from sticking and charring.
  5. Make sure oil is very hot: Eggplant tends to soak in fat really quickly so it is important that the oil you are cooking with is hot to reduce the amount of oil absorption.
  6. Slices or pieces should be spaced out and in a single layer: cooking too many slices in the pan will produce steam which will lead to a mushy eggplant.

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The best eggplant recipe
Eggplant with herbed cherry toamtoes and feta
Course Side dish
Cuisine Meditterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 3 small eggplants
  • 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped curly parsley
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Course Side dish
Cuisine Meditterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 3 small eggplants
  • 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped curly parsley
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Eggplant with herbed cherry toamtoes and feta
Instructions
  1. Mix sliced cherry tomatoes, green onions, curley parsley, 1tbsp olive oil, black pepper and set aside.
  2. Season each slice of eggplant with paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Brush each side with olive oil.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non stick griddle pan and add the slices of eggplant spaced in a single layer.
    grilled eggplant
  4. Cook each side for about 3 minutes. Add additional olive oil if needed and plate immediately after eggplant slices are cooked.
  5. Top the eggplant slices with the herbed tomatoes and sprinkle with feta on top.
    Eggplant with herbed cherry toamtoes and feta

Delicious green peas recipe

How do you like your green peas? Some like them steamed with a little salt and pepper, some like theirs mashed with a little mint and some like theirs boiled with a little butter added in the end. There are so many ways to make peas and today I am sharing one way that I like to make peas. With broccolini, cherry  tomatoes and garlic, this recipe is delicious and makes the perfect side.

Green peas with cherry tomatoes and broccolini

Since peas are a starchy vegetable they tend to be overlooked in terms of their nutritional benefits. They are actually packed with antioxidants and nutrients so go ahead and grab a bag of green peas your body will thank you. You can also try my easy garlic, broccoli and tomato salad recipe if you peas are not your thing.

Benefits of eating green peas

  1. Green peas are a good source of vitamin C : 100g of fresh peas contain 67% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.
  2. Peas are a great source of folic acid: Folates are one of the B complex vitamins required for DNA synthesis in cells which makes them a necessary nutrient.
  3. Green peas are a good source of vitamin K: Vitamin K helps with building healthy bones and helps with healthy brain function.
  4. Vitamin A: Green peas also contain good amounts of antioxidants like carotene and vitamin A which are essential for healthy skin, eye sight and membranes.

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Delicious green peas and broccolini
Green peas with cherry tomatoes and broccolini
Course Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 16oz bag green peas
  • 1 small bunch broccolini
  • 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp duck fat
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Course Side dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 16oz bag green peas
  • 1 small bunch broccolini
  • 1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp duck fat
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Green peas with cherry tomatoes and broccolini
Instructions
  1. Heat a large wok or pan and add duck fat
  2. Add peas, broccolini, tomatoes and cook for about 8 minutes till veggies are cooked.
  3. Add garlic in the last minute and season with salt and pepper to your taste.

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